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Aaron Milstone

  • Associate Hospital Epidemiologist
  • Professor of Pediatrics


  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Aaron M. Milstone is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

His research focus on the prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAI) and the emergence of antibiotic resistance in children. His studies are helping to define the prevalence and transmission of multidrug-resistant bacteria in hospitalized children and to identify interventions to reduce their spread and prevent HAIs. In addition, he researches diagnosis and transmission of respiratory viruses in hospitalized children, respiratory infections in children, and hospital epidemiology.

Milstone provided commentary on the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 on children. His comments about COVID-19 centered on how protecting children from the virus is "good for the population" because infected children could "amplify the outbreak" by fueling the spread of the respiratory virus. Adults can practice common sense behaviors to stay away from others, but children often want to "snuggle with mummy or play with their siblings" when they're feeling ill. He also spoke to why the number of COVID-19 cases were underreported in China, saying that sick individuals who do not get tested can't be reported.

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